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Moses and the Passover

Blood is brushed on the doorposts.
Contributed by Sue Bentley
Story also available on our translated website: Portuguese
God sent nine plagues on the land of Egypt and then Moses and Aaron went to see Pharaoh for one last time. Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened and he would not let the Israelites go.  <br/>'Get out of here and if I see you again I will kill you,' he warned them. ' <br/>Just as you say,' replied Moses 'you will never see me again.' – Slide 1
Moses had warned Pharaoh that at midnight the final plague would kill the first-born son in every Egyptian family, even among the animals but the Israelites would be kept safe. <br/>He also told the people to ask the Egyptians for their gold and silver and they gave them their treasures because they believed Moses was a very great man. – Slide 2
Then God told the Israelites they must choose a lamb or a goat for each family and sacrifice that evening. Then they were to sit and have a special meal that would become a special festival to be celebrated every year. – Slide 3
Some of the blood of the animal had to be painted on the top and sides of the doorpost in the house where they lived. – Slide 4
That night, the Israelites had to eat the sacrificed animal along with some bitter salad greens and bread without yeast. They had to roast it over a fire and any that was not eaten had to be destroyed. When the terrible plague passed over the land, those whose homes were covered by the blood were kept safe. – Slide 5
At midnight the terrible plague killed the first-born son in each Egyptian family including Pharaoh’s son. Everybody was crying and felt very sad, including Pharaoh. – Slide 6
In the middle of the night Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. ‘Go and take your people with you along with your animals but bless me as you go!’ he ordered them. Finally they could leave. – Slide 7
The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years but now it was time to go. Thousands of people all marched together with their families and animals out of the land. God had kept His promise to set them free. – Slide 8
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